The desert is such a different and impressive landscape that it is absolutely worth a visit! And both parts are just amazing!!! The red desert and the grey desert!! It is possible to do it all in one day!
Its is hard to get there but my husband and I would do it again definitely! Some tips for those who are planning to come!
- The closest big city is Neiva. We arranged a jeep from there, which took us directly to our hostel in the desert. We paid COP 15000 each person! After a long drive to get in Neiva we preferred to go directly to the hostel!
- The hostel we stayed is El Despertar del Cabrito and we recommend it! There are dorms and some private rooms with private bathroom. They are basic but very clean and well maintained! There is electricity but no hot water, what is not a problem, since it is hot! We paid COP 40000 for the private room. They have good food and if you ask them for different options they are really keen to help you. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner and the prices are reasonable. COP 5000 for breakfast and around COP 8000 for the meals.
- The hostel is really close to the red desert and to the observatory and you can do it walking from there. We did a nice walk in the labyrinth of the red desert for about 2 hours. The grey desert is far away and we did a fantastic horseback riding with the horses from the hostel. If you like to run, the horses a just perfect for you!!!! They really like to run and we really enjoyed it!!! The saddles are not really comfortable but even though we loved the ride!!! The best we did in 6 months traveling!!! The landscape in unbelievable!!!!!! If you don't like horses you can use moto taxis to visit the grey desert. It is incredible!!!!!
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